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On May 25th, two new underground stretches were opened as a part of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).

  1. The first stretch is from Nehru Park to Chennai Central

  2. The second stretch is from Saidapet to DMS (Teynampet in Anna salai).

The stretches were inaugurated by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Inauguration began from the Chennai Egmore Metro Rail station.

Free rides were provided as a part of the inauguration. The free rides were extended by a couple of days and it became a huge hit among riders. More than 2 lakh Chennaiites opted for the free rides. Many families thronged to the newly opened Metro stations to get a first-hand experience of travelling in Metro trains. Children and teenagers were so excited that they began singing, clapping and whistling in the train. Though there were daily commuters among the passengers, the train was jam-packed with new passengers who came to enjoy the free rides. The staff working in the Metro stations had a tough time in advising the passengers to follow the rules in the stations and guide them accordingly. The passengers were awed by the excellent services of the Metro rail and have given positive feedback of their travel.

With the opening of Chennai Central Metro station, regular Metro users will find it comfortable to travel in the stretch from Chennai Central to Chennai Airport without any hassle. The total ticket fare for this stretch has been set at RS. 70, while the fares for the intermediate stations vary accordingly. The Chief Minister also stated that the entire phase I project will be completed by the end of this year.

Apart from inaugurating the new stretches, there is also a buzz that share autos will be introduced along the stretches to help daily commuters reach the stations. Though there are small buses along these stretches, people have complained that there are not enough buses to take them to the stations. Hence, share autos will be introduced in the routes of both the underground and elevated stretches. As said by Aswathy Dilip of The Institute of Transportation and Development Policy, the share autos will have GPS tracking, mobile journey planner and smart card ticketing services to ensure a hassle-free travel for daily commuters.

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Rameswaram is a seashore town of Tamilnadu, situated in the Pamban Island and separated from main Tamilnadu from Pamban Channel. Considered to be one of the holiest places of Tamilnadu, this place offers lots of attractions for tourist sightseeing. Here are 6 famous places to visit in Rameswaram.

1. Ramanathaswamy Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is a popular pilgrimage site in Tamilnadu. The deity is represented as lingam of Ramanathaswamy and it is also believed that Lord Rama worshipped at this temple to negate his sins. This temple is also a part of Char Dham pilgrimage of the Hindus. The current structure of the temple was built by Pandyas in the 12th century. Timings are 04.30 AM to 01.00 PM and 03.00 PM to 08.30 PM.

2. Agni Tirtham

This is a sacred beach and one of the Tirthas of Rameswaram. Pilgrims from all over the world throng to this place to have a holy bath and absolve their sins. People also come here to pay homage to the dead. Auspicious bathing days are during the new moon and full moon. Child-less couples who take a bath in this beach would be blessed with children. Timing to visit is 05.00 AM to 06.00 PM.

3. Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

Better known as Pamban Bridge, this railway bridge was opened in 1914 and was considered the longest bridge till 2010. Another parallel road bridge was also constructed in 1988. This is the bridge that connects Rameswaram to mainland India. It consists of 143 pillars with each 220 feet in length and 100 tons in weight. A travel through this bridge is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

4. Water Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary is a lovely paradise for bird lovers and tourists alike. The various water bodies around the island attract different kinds of birds. Even migratory birds from Europe and Australia make this sanctuary their home for breeding. This sanctuary is open on all days and the timing is 07.00 AM to 06.00 PM.

5. Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam

Though this is a recent addition of attraction to Rameswaram, it is worth a visit. The burial place is situated in Pei Karambu village of Ramanathapuram district. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a memorial would be constructed at the place of burial. Timing to visit is 08.00 AM to 06.00 PM.

6. Dhanushkodi

This is an abandoned town situated at the southernmost tip of Pamban Island. This town was completely washed away in 1964 Rameswaram cyclone and only remains of the town are available for the tourists to see. Timing to visit this place 06.00 AM to 06.00 PM.

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This place was bifurcated from Vellore; this district has its headquarters in Tiruvannamalai.  The Arunachala Temple here is situated at the foot of a hill and dedicate to Tejo Lingam (God incarnate as fire).  One of the largest temples in the south, it is dominated by a 61 m, Eleven-Storeyed Gopuram.  The imposing gateway and the Thousand-Pillared Mandapam are also note-worthy.  In November and December, the Karthikai Deepam festival is held here on a full moon day and the ashram of Saint Sri Ramana Maharishi attracts a great number of tourists from all over the state.

Even though this place is famous for the Shiva temple that is located, this places is also packed with some places where you can plan for the excursion there.

EXCURSIONS

AMIRDEE

This destination is located south of Vellore town; the forest here is rich in a variety of flora and fauna.  It is being developed as a wildlife sanctuary and tourist spot.

SATTANUR (30 KM)

This dam site in the midst of forested hills is built on the river Poonaiyar and is a beautiful picnic spot with the added attractions of a crocodile park and a swimming pool.

TIRUVETTIPURAM (THIRUVATHUR) (71 KM)

A well-known Siva temple is situated here.  It is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus.

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Kanyakumari is situated in the southernmost tip of peninsular India and it is surrounded by the Lakshadweep Sea on three sides. This town is a popular tourist destination that has many amazing places of interest. You can take a leisurely trip to this place with your family and loved ones. Here are 6 famous tourist spots in Kanyakumari.

1. Vivekananda Rock Memorial

This popular memorial stands on two rocks about 500 meters east of the southernmost tip of India. It was built to honour Swami Vivekananda. He is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. There are also legends which say that Goddess Kumari performed austerity on this rock. A separate meditation hall is attached to the memorial where visitors can meditate and achieve spiritual rejuvenation. It is open all days of the week and timings are 08.00 AM to 04.00 PM.

2. Kumari Amman Temple

Dedicated to Goddess Devi Kanyakumari, this temple is situated overlooking the sea and a peaceful aura is maintained all over. Many pilgrims visit this temple to bathe in the holy waters and get the divine blessings of the virgin Goddess. The temple is open from 04.30 AM to 11.45 AM and 05.30 PM to 08.45 PM.

3. Kanyakumari Beach

A trip to Kanyakumari is never complete without visiting the beach. It is an aesthetic multi-coloured beach, with hues of blue and green overlapping in the sea. There are many rocks on the seashore which makes it dangerous. However, it can cater to adventure loves who wish to take a thrilling walk to the sea. This beach is also famous for its beautiful view of sunrise and sunset.

4. Thiruvalluvar Statue

This is a 95 feet (29 meters) tall statue, built in the memory of Thiruvalluvar, the author of the famous Thirukkural. This statue is located on the top of a small island, which is the meeting point of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. The total height of the statue and pedestal is 133 feet, which denotes the 133 chapters of Thirukkural. Timings of this place are 08.00 AM to 04.00 PM.

5. Padmanabhapuram Palace

Situated at a distance of 20 km from Nagercoil, this palace is located in Padmanabhapuram, the capital city of Travancore Kingdom. This palace has magnificent Kerala architecture and it displays the rich cultural heritage of India. There are several structures and rooms built within the palace complex. Timings to visit are 09.00 AM to 01.00 PM and 02.00 PM to 04.30 PM. Except Monday, it is open on other days.

  1. Gandhi Mandapam

This is an aesthetically built monument in Kanyakumari. It was built as a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi. The structure stands upon the urn containing Gandhi’s ashes. It is built in such a way that on October 2nd the first rays of sun fall on Gandhi’s ashes. This is another important monument which reflects India’s rich cultural heritage. Timings to visit this place are 07.00 AM to 07.00 PM and it is open on all days.

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The District was once a part of Dharmapuri and has its headquarters in Krishnagiri. An important fort that figured in the Mysore wars is located here. The British Army and Hyder Ali fought fierce battles to capture this fort. During the fourth Mysore war, the fort was the Military headquarters of Para mahal. Temples built during Vijayanagar Empire period are found here. Tombs of Muslim saints are also situated here. Krishnagiri Reservoir in Sylvan setting is a famous picnic spot.

Listed below are two beautiful destinations where you can explore more about the Krishnagiri.

Hosur

This industrial town with its beautiful downs carpeted by evergreen grass is an enchanting place to visit. The climate and setting of Hosur inspired the British to call this area “little England”

Thorapalli

This is the birth place of Shri Rajaji who was the first Viceroy of Independent India. The house where he was born is now maintained as a monument by the Government.

 

 

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